I have started actively (well, semi-actively – I have a lot of bad creativity days where I don’t feel like writing lately, and this is not a paying job to worry about after all) writing for Molti Segreti Nascosti/the Arkadenverse again…but with some changes. I am going to be doing a rewrite of the core campaign guide again, effectively going into the next draft of the setting. The urban fantasy and conspiracy aspects will be front and center: Earth first and foremost. That’s not to say that the other dimensions in the setting will be retconned out or anything (though I may have to finally give a definitive fix on the naming error I ended up doing with a mere typo those years ago, and there will probably be some retcons), no, it’s just going to be a heavy focus shift. Feeling more confident in adding other settings to my writing repertoire has allowed me to branch out and actively pick and choose what feels like the maximum amount of something in one setting. This definitely has big improvement potential with Arkaden, where I ended up having 23 pages of monsters I wanted to use alone, not even counting anything else like character game mechanics or fluff pieces.
To avoid this just being a brief notice, I’m also going to post some material that was conceived on a mental level about a week ago and solidified when I made my final decision on how to go about new Arkaden writings alongside For Queen and Conjurer and Fallen Stars, but had to be postponed due to unfortunate technical difficulties. Basically, the idea was a post where I go introspective on a handful of the various things (mostly creatures) are found in all three settings and what makes them different from each other, a sort of look at when it is different enough that the overlap doesn’t seem redundant. I could have gone even farther and noted things that are found in two of the settings but not one of the others, but I figured that might be overkill. In any case, sit back and enjoy reading me babbling about this inconsequential behind the scenes stuff. Read the rest of this entry »